‘Walk to Calvary:’ Three-day event commemorates Easter

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

“Walk to Calvary,” a three-part reenactment celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, begins today at 7 p.m. at Songs of Selma Park.

The reenactment, now in its 15th year, is presented Gateway Ministries Baptist Church and members of area churches, said Ron Walker, Gateway pastor.

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“We believe we were directed by the Lord to it the first year,” said Walker, adding the reenactment is an “act of worship.”

“Walk to Calvary” unfolds over a three-day period.

Tonight, participants will recreate the Last Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane.

The reenactment begins with Jesus and the disciples entering the Upper Room where Jesus will wash the disciples’ feet and perform the Last Supper.

Later in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus will lead the disciples in prayer and will be betrayed by Judas. The first segment ends with the Roman soldiers seizing Jesus and leading him away.

On Good Friday, the second segment involves Jesus being brought before Pontius Pilate and tried at Selma City Hall at

2 p.m.

Jesus will then take up his cross and walk to his Crucifixion, which takes place on Highway 22 and ends at Valley Creek Park on Dallas Avenue.

Jesus then will be removed from the cross and placed in His tomb.

“Walk to Calvary” concludes at Valley Creek Park on Easter Sunday with Mary going to visit the tomb of Jesus. The third segment begins at 6 a.m.

The Gateway congregation prays “Walk the Calvary” will become a citywide event where every church in Selma participates.

“Many people have given their life to the Lord during these reenactment,” Walker said. “I truly believe they’ll be blessed if they see it.”

For more information, call Gateway Ministries Baptist Church at (334) 872-8793.